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Published: August 25th 2019
So day 2 started the same as day 1, at 4am. Found a great coffee stop en route (or so we thought). A brand new gas station with an OK Supermarket, sadly though they don't sell coffee on a Sunday, the lord must be detoxing or something. On the road heding north through the Northern Cape and into the NW Provice got us to the Botswana border for 8am. I have to be honest the process was a little daunting at first as noone really tells you what you have to do. There's a few things involved and yep at one stage you have to part with cash surprise surprise (vehicle permit and insurance aparently). It's the first time I've been in a proper no-mans-land and it was qute an experience. All in all the guys on both sides were pretty light hearted and the SAPS guy when searching the vehicle asked which bag the diamonds were hiden in, I'm sure he says that to everyone to see if anyone has a protective reaction.
Left the border and contrinued north getting to Gaberone in an hour or so where an impromtu lunch stop had us looking round a
really nice mall. After leaving Gaberone it became aparent that we really don't live in Africa as we thought, living in South Africa simply isn't the same, Botswana is stunning and exactly what I expected when I first visited Africa in 2015. Drivers leave a bit to be desired though, not sure what driving schools actually do here but safe overtaking isn't on the list of manouvers they teach.
A great spot found when heading north after Gaberone was a monument signifying we were passing through the Tropic Of Capricorn, never given it a thought before but another spot to tick off the list of places we've been.
We made it to Palapye and had tried calling the caretaker of the Khama III Museum without success, I assumed I had the number wrong. We decided to run across to Serowe anyway to see if we could at least find the museum. I'd downloaded a couple of maps and even though the museum isn't listed we struck lucky and found it. When we got there we happened to speak to a really nice girl who knew the caretaker and she called him for us and
within half an hour he arrived. Kabo Jone his name and the guy was amazing. He took us round the "closed" musem, we had photos together, and then he took the time with his friend to take us to the cemetary to see the resting places of quite a number of the Khama family including the stones of Seretse and Ruth laid side by side. Amazing we got to see this and thankful to Kabo, his friend and the security guy at the cemtary.
Back to the hotel, cheese and buiscuits and off to bed. Nice lie in tomorrow, only heading out at 6 for the last 9 hour stretch up to Kasane and Chobe for 3 days. 1704km down.
Tot: 2.619s; Tpl: 0.018s; cc: 12; qc: 57; dbt: 0.0253s; 2; m:saturn w:www (22.214.171.124); sld: 1;
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